at the master's level tend to see themselves mostly as consumers of disciplinary
knowledge; many do not imagine themselves being producers of this knowledge.
But for many reasons it is important that students with advanced degrees
have the tools to contribute to their disciplinary "discussion,"
nationally as scholars or locally as leaders. The last part of the semester
will be dedicated to teaching you research strategies. Today we will focus
on the basics of the process.
Hyland "Researching writing and writers" [BB]
Polio "Research Methodology in Second Language Writing Research
Silva "On the philosophical bases of inquiry..." [L2WR]
Casanave "Uses of narratives in L2 writing research" [L2WR]
Demonstration of Application
as a hard copy to instructor at the beginning of class
the following articles to class: Constino & Hyon, Nero, Y. Kachru,
Kasper & Weiss, and Allison
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 is the last day to drop classes
will give a 2-3 minute synopsis of the work they did on their Demonstration
discuss the following:
is theory? what is practice? what is praxis (not the test)?
How are theory and practice developed? What is the role of research
in these processes?
- the definitions
of validity and reliability (revisited), triangulation, positivism and
relativism, the "research process."
questions do you have about these readings? What anxieties do you have
about the Methodology Proposal?
are the advantages of quantitative methods? qualitative methods? Or,
as Silva suggests, is this a silly and unproductive dichotomy? In this
vein, what significant differences did you see in the ways that Polio
and Casanave talk about the creation of knowledge?
be assigned to one of fie groups; each group will be asked to carefully
examine one of these five articles (Constino & Hyon, Nero, Y. Kachru,
Kasper & Weiss, and Allison) and answer the following questions:
are the scholar's research questions?
methods has the scholar used to answer these questions? Try to use the
readings to describe them.
- How well
do you think the methods are reported in this articles? Do you feel
that you could replicate this study?
- Do you
think the scholar answer her/his research questions?
other ways could you have designed this study to answer the same questions?
to report your findings at the end of the class.